Symbols of Koszalin County

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Coat of arms of Gdańsk County
Adopted20 December 2002
UseKoszalin County
Koszalin County
Adopted13 June 2001

The flag that serves as the symbols of the Koszalin County, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in northwest Poland was established in 2001, and the coat of arms, in 2002.[1][2][3]


The coat of arms of the Koszalin County consists of a white Iberian style escutcheon (shield) with square top and rounded base. It includes a red griffin facing left, with yellow (golden) beak, tongue, front paws, and claws of its back paws. It stands on its back legs, and holds a blue banner on a white pole, in its front paws. The banner is flown over griffin's head, and features eight six-pointed yellow (golden) stars, placed in two vertical rows, each containing four of them. They represents the number of the gminas (municipalities) that the county consists of. Those are: Będzino, Biesiekierz, Bobolice, Manowo, Mielno, Polanów, Sianów, and Świeszyno. Below the griffin are two rows of horizontal blue wavy stripes.[2][3]

The flag of the county includes a griffin with the banner from the flag, placed in the centre of the white background. The flag proportions have the aspect ratio of its height to its width equal 5:8.[1][2]

The griffin is a traditional symbol of the West Pomerania, used since 12th century. Between 12th and 13th century, the griffin become the symbol of the House of Griffin, that ruled in that area. Subsequently, the red griffin on the white background had become the symbol of the Duchy of the Pomerania-Stettin. In the 1730s, that design had become the symbol of the entire West Pomerania.[4] The white and blue colours were used as the flag of the Province of Pomerania, from 1882 to 1935. The province included modern day territory of Koszalin County.[5][6]


The flag was adopted by the county council on 13 June 2001, and the coat of arms, on 20 December 2002.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c 2003 Journal of Laws of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, no. 7. Szczecin, West Pomeranian Voivodeship Sejmik, 2003.
  2. ^ a b c A. Gut: Reception of the German Municipal Heraldry in the Present-Day Coats of Arms of the West-Pomeranian Counties, in: Przegląd Zachodniopomorski, issue 4. 2013. p. 5–21, ISSN 0552-4245.
  3. ^ a b Resolution no. III/34/2002 of the Council of Koszalin County from 20 December 2002. Koszalin: Council of Koszalin County, 20 December 2002.
  4. ^ "Herb i Flaga Województwa". (in Polish).
  5. ^ Hellmuth Hecker; Günter Hoog: Deutsche Flaggen: Sammlung von Vorschriften zum Flaggenrecht Deutschlands und der deutschen Küstenländer, Hamburg: Instituts für Internationale Angelegenheiten der Universität Hamburg, 1978. ISBN 978-3787521326
  6. ^ Jürgen Arndt (author), Hugo Gerard Ströhl (illustration): Wappen und Flaggen des Deutschen Reiches und seiner Bundesstaaten (1871–1918), Dortmund: Harenberg Kommunikation, 1979, ISBN 978-3921846810